The Language Origin Quiz! Trivia Facts

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What do you know about language origin? Do you imagine you can get past this quiz? Language origin is often challenging for one to study because of the shortage of direct evidence. There are, however, conjectures from other kinds of evidence, including the fossil record, archeological evidence, contemporary language, diversity, studies of language acquisition. See how much you know about language origin by taking this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which African country's name means "House of Stones"?
    • A. 

      Mozambique

    • B. 

      Namibia

    • C. 

      Eritrea

    • D. 

      Zimbabwe

  • 2. 
    The word "tycoon" originates from which language's word for "great commander"?
    • A. 

      Greek

    • B. 

      Dutch

    • C. 

      Japanese

    • D. 

      Hindi

  • 3. 
    The word "honcho" originates from which language's word for "chief"?
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      Manx

    • C. 

      Japanese

    • D. 

      Swahili

  • 4. 
    According to a 2009 study, how many languages have over 1 million living speakers?
    • A. 

      831

    • B. 

      555

    • C. 

      389

    • D. 

      124

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is a verb-subject-object language?
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      Greek

    • C. 

      Arabic

    • D. 

      Hebrew

  • 6. 
    As of 2012, what is the most populous country where Arabic is an official language?
    • A. 

      Egypt

    • B. 

      Iraq

    • C. 

      Algeria

    • D. 

      Sudan

  • 7. 
    As of 2012, what is the least populous country where Russian is an official language?
    • A. 

      Kazakhstan

    • B. 

      Tajikistan

    • C. 

      Belarus

    • D. 

      Kyrgyzstan

  • 8. 
    As of 2012, which country besides India lists Hindi as an official language?
    • A. 

      Pakistan

    • B. 

      Bangladesh

    • C. 

      Fiji

    • D. 

      Maldives

  • 9. 
    The first written instance of ancient Greek dates back to around which date BCE?
    • A. 

      600

    • B. 

      1000

    • C. 

      1400

    • D. 

      1800

  • 10. 
    The first written instance of Old English dates back to around which date?
    • A. 

      300

    • B. 

      650

    • C. 

      950

    • D. 

      50

  • 11. 
    In the sentence "it is raining", the word "it" is which of the following?
    • A. 

      A Dummy Word

    • B. 

      A Transitional Word

    • C. 

      A Linking Word

    • D. 

      A Base Word

  • 12. 
    Which English letter's sound is an affricate?
    • A. 

      X

    • B. 

      O

    • C. 

      J

    • D. 

      R

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